October 6, 2017
The first ever Rink-hosted CSSHL Midget Prep Showcase got underway this morning at the Southdale Community Centre in Winnipeg, with a game featuring BWC and Northern Alberta Extreme.
Eight Prep teams are competing in the event over the weekend, including BWC, Delta, Pacific Coast, OHA Red, and Pursuit of Excellence from BC, NAX and OHA Edmonton, from Alberta, and host Rink Academy.
In the game Friday morning, BWC jumped out to an early lead, less than five minutes into the game, when Tom Sweeney converted on a pass from Jack McIntosh and d-man Ben Wozney. BWC continued hard but couldn’t solve NAX goaltender Bradon Potter. The period closed out 1-0 with shots 10-4 for BWC.
BWC kept up the pressure in the second, outshooting NAX 13-9, and took a 3-0 lead on two goals from Elan Bar Lev Wise. The first one came about six minutes into the period, when Bar Lev Wise converted on a tic-tac-toe play from the two d-partners, Ryan Helliwell and Andrew Hunt. The next one came less than a minute later, when Bar Lev Wise pounced on a loose puck and broke in alone.
Northern Alberta bounced back quickly though, with two quick goals of their own. Carter Souch scored first, with a helper from Cameron Critch, with 9:23 left; then Kycle Crnovic converted with an assist from Connor McClennon with 8:28 to go, to close out the scoring in the period, 3-2.
NAX would then tie it up on a power play goal from Bruce MacGregor about five minutes into the third, with helpers from Crnkovic and McClennon, which would eventually force overtime.
Shots finished 11-10 NAX in the period,
Five minutes of 3 0n 3 solved nothing – and forced the three man shootout.
Crnkovic shot first for NAX, and scored. The next four shooters drew blanks, leaving it up to BWC’s Kent Johnson to tie it up and force another of OT – which he did – on a very slick deke.
The fourth NAX shooter was stopped by Nick Lee. BWC’s Tyler Schleppe drew the next straw, and also went for the deke, beating Bradon Potter for the shoot-out winner.
Shots finished 36-25 for BWC.
The win pushes BWC’s regular season record to 6-0-0, and into first place, although they are tied in points with Delta who are 6-0-1.
Delta are off this weekend. The two teams will each play two games next weekend, and then face off against each other October 28-29 in a home and home series in the Lower Mainland.
BWC now faces OHA Edmonton (2-2-1) on Saturday, and Pursuit of Excellence (1-2-0) on Sunday before flying home to Burnaby.
Current Standings: CSSHL Midget Prep